One quarter of the musicians in the Seattle Symphony are immigrants — you can read more about that here. Many of these players, along with their colleagues in the orchestra, suggested that the symphony host a concert celebrating music from the seven countries affected by the executive order banning travel from some Muslim-majority nations. (The immediate fate of this order is being decided in a federal appeals court today).
Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven is a free concert on Wednesday night at Benaroya Hall. The program will draw upon traditional and contemporary music from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Confirmed for the program are Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh:
Rahim AlHaj (Iraq), master of the oud – a stringed instrument similar to a lute or a mandolin, popular in the Middle East:
We waited to tell you the bad news– the event is already sold out, however – it’s possible if you show up early you can snag a seat from a no-show: the website says that “non-ticketed patrons will be admitted starting 15 minutes before concert.” The event will also be livestreamed at 7:30 pm on their Facebook page.